What Do You Call a Baby Turtle?

A baby turtle is called a hatchling. Because turtles are reptiles, hatchlings are born from eggs that are laid on land, not in the water. It takes from 45 to 70 days for hatchlings to emerge from the eggs.

After a female turtle lays her eggs on land, she returns to the sea and leaves the eggs to develop on their own in the nest. When the incubation period ends, the hatchlings break out of the eggs using temporary teeth that they grow for that purpose. The baby turtles stay in the nest for several days before making their way to the water. They face many predators and obstacles during this journey, and it is estimated that only one out of 1000 hatchlings survive to adulthood.